Author: Lydia Kay
Local Daily News 7th January
The province’s economic sectors warn that the crisis will not subside until the end of the year. The Torrevieja Hospital is forced to open the ICU reinforcement beds to take on covid patients. Utility companies agree to extend contracts to contain prices. The Ministry of Health accelerates the vaccination of people between 50 and 59 years old due to the increase in admissions to ICUs.
Local Daily News 6th January
Pharmacies will report positive antigen tests directly to the Ministry of Health. The Community is in the queue for third doses from 50 to 59 years and below the average for 60 to 69. Law change sees pets in Spain considered sentient beings, with welfare taken into account should a couple separate.
Local Daily News 5th January
Alicante and Elche see premises closed due to the crisis become rental housing. Puig rules out new restrictions despite the peak of infections in recent days. The Ministry of Health notifies 14 deaths from covid in one day and 3,563 more infections in the province. Covid multiplies sick leave by four, to which doctors dedicate 90% of their time.
Local Daily News 4th January
Parents ask that the return to class be delayed for a week and teachers demand more reinforcements against covid. Incidence in Alicante is approaching the highest levels of the pandemic. Rafal starts the first of 46 rainwater works in the Vega Baja to reduce flooding. Flood of new coronavirus infections and progress of third doses should see immunity levels rise in Spain. The closure of another 25 hotels on the Costa Blanca raises up to 5,000 workers unemployed.
Local Daily News 3rd January
Omicron collapses the health centres in the province of Alicante: hundreds of patients and no appointments until mid-January. A raging fire burns hundreds of tires at an Aspe factory. The fall in the birth rate in the province of Alicante further accelerates the aging of the population. More than 31,000 temporary contracts become permanent in the province of Alicante in 2021.
Local Daily News 2nd January
Prison for the alleged murderer of Elche, against whom three procedures are opened. The Local Police discover 216 marijuana plants in a house next to a golf course in Orihuela Costa. New Year’s Eve in Alicante leads to more than 70 police interventions. Two young people arrested for robbery in Pilar de la Horadada and Murcia.
Local Daily News 1st January
The Partido Popular approves the Baraka skyscrapers in Torrevieja and Dolón, ensuring that they will have 30% hotel use. The Generalitat injects almost 700,000 euros into the San Antón project. Annual inflation in Spain rises 6.7% in December, the highest level in nearly three decades. Puig says goodbye to the year announcing “a historical employment record” and demanding the reform of the regional financing model.
Local Daily News 31st December
The Ministry of Health eliminates tracing of close contacts due to the explosion of cases. December is the month with the most deaths from covid since August and accumulates twice as many deaths as November. The Consell approves the agreement to allocate almost 1 million to the organization of the “Benidorm Fest”. Torrevieja allocates 9.2 million to the integral management of the Theater and the Auditorium for four years.
Local Daily News 30th December
The province registers 2,735 infections of covid-19 in a day before the end of the year. The Ministry of Health shortens coronavirus quarantine to seven days. Workers Commissions calls an indefinite strike in the cleaning service of the Vega Baja Hospital in Orihuela from the 10th of January. Santa Pola awards 1.6 million in covid aid to 735 companies and the self-employed.
Local Daily News 29th December
Saturation causes PCRs to not be performed in patients with positive home tests. Elche is equipped with an emergency protocol to avoid meteorological risks in schools. The virus hits twenty-somethings with a rate of 1,438 that exceeds that of unvaccinated children. Benidorm extends the cleaning contract for the fourth time despite service deficiencies.